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Slater Joins Norwalk River Rowing Association As Executive Director

Edward Slater has joined Norwalk River Rowing Association as its Executive Director.
Edward Slater has joined Norwalk River Rowing Association as its Executive Director. Photo Credit: Contributed

NORWALK, Conn. -- Edward Slater has joined Norwalk River Rowing Association as Executive Director, and will lead the group as it begins construction of a new facility on the Norwalk River.

Slater, born and raised in New York City, started rowing in 1998 at St. Mark’s School in Southborough, Mass. The sport brought Slater to Connecticut in 2002, where he began to coach and scull at the Saugatuck Rowing Club. In 2003, Slater enrolled at Trinity College in Hartford where he was mentored by Coach Larry Gluckman. He helped Trinity win gold medals at the Head of the Charles, the New England Championship, and the Henley Royal regatta. Serving as captain for the 2005-2006 season, Slater’s Varsity boat was ranked 13th in the country.

In 2010, Slater became Associate Head Coach and Director of Recruiting for the Trinity College Men’s Rowing program. Since 2002, Slater also coached at  Craftsbury Outdoor Center in Vermont and WeCanRow-Boston, a wellness program for breast cancer survivors.

“We could not be happier welcoming Ed to the Norwalk River Rowing community at this exciting time in the club's history,” said Alex Chapman, Chairman of the NRRA’s Board of Directors. “His impressive rowing and management record and his infectious enthusiasm for the sport are exactly what is needed as we enter this new stage of growth.”

As Executive Director, Slater will oversee all programs and operations of the club, working with the Board of Directors and membership to expand Norwalk River Rowing’s success and outreach into the community. The club is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

“It is an honor to join the Norwalk River Rowing family,” Slater said. “For the past 30 years, Norwalk has been a gold standard for club rowing in the United States. With the construction of a new boathouse, we will redefine community rowing in Norwalk. I greatly look forward to working with our Masters, Student-Athletes, and Parents in embracing the opportunity to lead Norwalk River Rowing’s membership toward success on and off the water.”

While construction has already begun, September marks the beginning of the assembly of Norwalk’s new boathouse. It will be the first such structure built on the banks of the Norwalk River.

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